Wildlife Conservation Gala

March 16 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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Join the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) for an extraordinary evening as we celebrate our third annual Wildlife Conservation Gala, presented by Ford Motor Company, on Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Themed “Saving Birds Around the World”, the event will celebrate the DZS’s global wildlife conservation efforts.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a sit-down dinner in the iconic Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, a brief presentation on the DZS’s expansive work in bird conservation, as well as the presentation of the 2019 Nautilus Award. This award is given to an individual whose efforts have made a profound impact on the future of wildlife and embodies the DZS’s mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife. The evening will also feature a raffle with the chance to win “zoonique” prizes.

During this year’s Wildlife Conservation Gala, we will share fascinating stories about current fieldwork with penguins in the Falkland Islands and Antarctica, as well as long-term preservation efforts in the Great Lakes region with piping plovers and other species.

In 2018, the DZS was recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the work of Tom Schneider, DZS curator of birds, who has spent nearly two decades leading the captive-rearing component of the federal recovery plan for Great Lakes piping plovers.

The DZS’s wildlife conservation efforts are making an impact around the world. In the last few years alone, the DZS had led and/or supported field conservation programs on six continents. These programs include rescuing and rehabilitating imperiled gorilla populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, assessing populations of Eurasian otters in Armenia, rearing and releasing nearly extinct toads in the U.S. and abroad, and many more.

This is a 21-and-older event. Cocktail attire. All proceeds benefit the Detroit Zoological Society’s wildlife conservation programs.

The DZS would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their generous support of the event:

Conservation Champion:

  • Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.

Conservation Ambassador:

  • Dr. William and Susan Conway
  • Robert and Sandy Riney

Conservation Hero:

  • Jane and Dan Alessandrini
  • Peter Remington and Peggy Daitch
  • Pat and Ed Geisinger
  • Dr. Clifford and Kelly Houseman
  • Ron Kagan
  • Kelly Services, Inc.
  • Lisa and Hannan Lis
  • Lora and Michael Maluzhinsky
  • Goody and Lloyd Semple
  • Signal Restoration Services
  • Gail L. Warden


Please refer to the event flyer for sponsorship opportunities and levels of support available.

Wildlife Conservation Gala Event Flyer (PDF)